Q & A – What can I do if I learn that an applicant lied on his or her application?

Q. What can I do if I learn that an applicant lied on his or her application?

A. If you discover that an applicant provided incorrect or incomplete information on his or her application for employment, you can most often reject that applicant. If the application mistakenly asks for information that state law says cannot be requested by employers (e.g., contents of a sealed or expunged court records or certain convictions in some states) then the incomplete information would not be a basis to reject the applicant.

Employers should include a place for the applicant to sign the application certifying the all the information provided is accurate and complete. Above the applicant’s signature, include language explaining what you will do if incorrect or incomplete information is found in the pre-employment process, or after hire, if discovered later.